BANGOR, Maine — A man and woman from Texas accused of being part of a drug distribution ring responsible for bringing more than 24 pounds of bath salts with an estimated street value of $1.7 million into Maine were arraigned Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Arthur Coy, 49, and Elizabeth Fuentes, 31, both of Houston, each pleaded not guilty to aggravated trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs. Fuentes, who has been described by police as Coy’s girlfriend, reportedly traveled from Texas to Maine with him. The drugs were shipped to Texas and Maine from China, according to a previously published report.
They were indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury March 27 along with Leonard D. Wells Jr., 53, of Greenbush and Stephen M. Warren, 29, of Corinth on drug and other charges in connection with the state’s largest-ever seizure of bath salts, according to a previously published report.
Warren is scheduled to be arraigned May 9 on one count each of aggravated trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Wells pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and one count each of aggravated trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, violation of condition of release and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, who is prosecuting the case, also is seeking the forfeiture of cash seized from Coy and Wells at the time of their arrests.
The four were arrested in mid-January while allegedly divvying up eight pounds of bath salts at a house in Hermon owned by Wells. They remained Tuesday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.
A hearing on a motion to lower Coy’s bail from $300,000 to $200,000 cash is scheduled for May 20.
Trial dates have not been set.
If convicted of the most serious charge of aggravated trafficking, each defendant faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000.